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Claire Santellana Owner
Claire Santellana
Owner/ Lead Instructor

Hi. I'm Claire

Claire Santellana, owner of Art to Finish Studio LLC, has been teaching art for over ten years. Currently the K-7 art teacher at New Summit Charter Academy, she uses a variety of techniques to help all types of students learn art and bring their creativity to the next level. Claire has taught reading, writing, SPED, and art in the public school setting throughout her teaching career.

 

“I can’t wait to help the students experience a variety of art mediums while learning about art history! My goal is to help students foster their creativity and find their passion in the arts. Art has so many benefits including building resiliency, fine motor skills, creative thinking, and more!”

 

Certifications & Accomplishments

Children’s Director of the Victoria Art League in Victoria,TX. 

During her time in Houston, TX, she served on the Arts in Medicine Board for MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Her students have won various art contests in both Texas and Colorado.

Humble Beginnings

Claire has always been passionate about visual arts and has been involved in the arts since early childhood. Her personal favorite mediums to work in are pencil and watercolor although she does enjoy dabbling in all mediums. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and seven years in the insurance industry, she decided
to become a teacher. Claire founded Art to Finish Studio LLC in 2018, and has enjoyed working directly with Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Pikes Peak Library District, and other organizations throughout Colorado Springs.

Meet Our Instructors

Lekisha
Instructor

Lekisha was born on the island of Bermuda and has been living in Colorado Springs since she married her husband, Jarrod, 13 years ago. They have 2 beautiful  kids, a girl and boy ages 10 and 5. She enjoys nature, arts & crafts, music, trying new things, and spending quality time with her family. She enjoyes volunteering at her church by helping to prepare activities for the kids. She has an Associate of Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Social Work. Lekisha is excited to be involved in helping kids have a creative, memorable, and meaningful experience by currently assisting the art teacher.

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